Yaron Brook

Chairman of the Board
Ayn Rand Institute


  • Laissez-faire capitalism
  • Objectivism
  • Rights
  • Business ethics
  • Financial markets
  • Politics
  • Government regulations
  • Economic policy
  • Self-Defense & Free Trade
  • Middle East
  • Foreign policy
  • Terrorism
  • Science & industrialization
  • Government & business
  • Culture & society

Yaron Brook is chairman of the board of the Ayn Rand Institute. He wears many hats at the institute and travels extensively as ARI’s spokesman.


Brook can be heard on The Yaron Brook Show, which airs live on YouTube and Spreaker. He is also a frequent guest on national radio and television programs.


An internationally sought-after speaker and debater, Brook also pens works that make one think. As coauthor, with Don Watkins, of the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government, Brook and Watkins argue that the answer to our current economic woes lies not in "trickle-down government" but in Rand's inspiring philosophy of capitalism and self-interest. Last year, Brook and Watkins released a new book, Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality, a book that shows the real key to making America a freer, fairer, more prosperous nation is to protect and celebrate the pursuit of success―not pull down the high fliers in the name of equality. Brook is also contributing author to Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea, Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism and Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution — As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who Made It Happen. He was a columnist at Forbes.com, and his articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily and many other publications.


Brook was born and raised in Israel. He served as a first sergeant in Israeli military intelligence and earned a BSc in civil engineering from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. In 1987 he moved to the United States where he received his MBA and PhD in finance from the University of Texas at Austin; he became an American citizen in 2003. For seven years he was an award-winning finance professor at Santa Clara University, and in 1998 he cofounded BH Equity Research, a private equity and hedge fund manager, of which he is managing founder and director.


Brook serves on the boards of the Ayn Rand Institute, the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism and CEHE (Center for Excellence in Higher Education), and he is a member of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the Mont Pelerin Society.

Career Roles

Executive Chairman

Ayn Rand Institute
2000 – present


Founder, Managing Director and Chairman
BH Equity Research
1998 – present

Assistant Professor

Department of Finance
Santa Clara University
1993 – 2000

Selected Work

Talks & Lectures

“Capitalism Without Guilt”

“The Financial Crisis: What Happened and Why”

“Defending Capitalism”

“The Corporation”

“The Morality of War”

“The Rise of Totalitarian Islam”

“Why Be Selfish?”

“Why Bad Economics Won’t Go Away”

“How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can Save Health Care”

“The Immorality of Government Medicine”


Columnist at Forbes.com

“Is Rand Relevant?” [The Wall Street Journal] March 14, 2009

Atlas Shrugged’s Timeless Moral: Profit-Making Is Virtue, Not Vice” July 20, 2010

“Why Are We Moving Toward Socialized Medicine” July 29, 2009

“Why the Glass-Steagall Myth Persists” November 12, 2012

“To Stimulate the Economy, Liberate It” February 14, 2008